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Pelvic Floor Pain Treatment for Women and Men

Man with physical therapist doing pelvic floor exercisesPelvic floor muscles aid and regulate your bladder. They are responsible for supporting the bladder, the bowel, and the uterus (in women). Pelvic floor pain can lead to problems in the bathroom and outside of it. Your pelvic floor may be weakened, causing incontinence. Whatever your issue is with your pelvic floor muscles, remember there is a solution. If you reside in Cary, North Carolina, contact us to inquire about pelvic floor treatment. We’ve been providing patients in Cary since 1974. 

Need a solution for pelvic floor pain and related issues? Contact us today for pelvic floor therapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy During Pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, the pelvic floor muscles work more than usual because they are now required to support the bladder as well as the weight of the infant. The hormones associated with pregnancy make the pelvic floor muscles more supple. Therefore, your pelvic floor muscles are likely to be affected regardless of the birth you decide to have (vaginal or caesarian).

If pelvic floor therapy is not done before or after the birth, muscles could be damaged following delivery because of carrying a baby. This is why pelvic floor therapy is a must. The treatment we offer helps prepare your muscles to be pregnant and it will assist women who are already expecting. Women’s recovery after childbirth will be faster.

Symptoms 

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it could be a sign that you should come in for pelvic floor therapy:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic weakness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Pain or difficulty passing stool
  • Lower back pain

The symptoms can vary but should any of these symptoms appear to be an issue for you, it could be time to start pelvic floor therapy. Moriarty PT will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

What to Expect During Pelvic Floor PT

We’ll target your discomfort and weakness during pelvic floor physical therapy (PT). To accomplish this, we’ll instruct exercises to improve and stabilize your core. Your core is composed of your pelvic, abdominal diaphragm, and back muscles. In addition, we’ll identify muscles that are tight or weak and stretch them to increase coordination.

There’s no single method that will treat every woman in the same way. The PT will be tailored to address the issues and pain you’ve experienced.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Exercise During Pregnancy

PT exercises will help strengthen your pelvic floor. They’ll stretch it and establish a mind-muscle bond to assist you in contractions. The exercises will be performed while keeping your baby’s thoughts in mind. If you experience any pain or stress, our physical therapists will be available to assist you. Here are a few exercises we perform for pelvic floor therapy:

  • Kegels
  • Squats
  • Bird Dogs
  • Bridges

Pelvic Floor Therapy for Women

Women, whether pregnant or not, may require pelvic floor therapy. You may have pelvic floor issues that cause discomfort or tightness you need assistance relieving. This is the best spot to address your pelvic floor problem. Moriarty has been helping women like you to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles since 1974. The pelvic floor treatment prior to pregnancy helps in recovering after giving birth and may reduce the symptoms of pelvic floor issues.

Conditions

Are you wondering if you suffer from pelvic floor disorder? We can’t diagnose you online, so we recommend you come in for an assessment. If you’re hesitant, see if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Genetic predisposition

If you are going through any of the conditions listed above, it may be time for pelvic floor therapy. All of these conditions can cause weakness, pain, and other symptoms that lead to poor quality of life. 

Symptoms 

The conditions associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and pain show themselves in various ways. Some symptoms are more prominent than others.

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic weakness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Feeling the urge to pee often
  • Hard time emptying your bladder
  • Pain from sex
  • Vaginal stenosis

These signs indicate that you might be suffering from a pelvic floor problem. Instead of suffering in silence, contact Moriarty for pelvic physical therapy near Charlotte.

What to Expect During Pelvic Floor PT

You might be nervous regarding your first pelvic floor appointment. It’s fine, and we’ll assure you that there’s nothing to worry about. On your first visit, our expert team will perform an examination to develop a plan to strengthen and heal your pelvic floor muscles in order to alleviate pelvic pain.

By examining your breathing, posture, back flexibility, and abdominal and hip muscles, We’ll determine the root of your problem. This session is also an ideal opportunity to talk with our physical therapist about any questions you might have.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Exercises for Women

The great thing about pelvic floor therapy is that it can be done at home. Here are just a few exercises we do that you can do at home with no weights: 

  • Kegels
  • Squats
  • Bird Dogs
  • Bridges

You will notice results from these exercises in about 4 to 6 weeks. We’d still suggest coming to our clinic since our physical therapists possess a long experience in helping patients who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor Therapy for Men

Men have pelvic floors too. While the statement may seem obvious, it’s a muscle that is often overlooked. In men, the pelvic floor has the similar responsibility of holding the bladder, but it also affects men’s erections. 

Conditions

Many conditions can cause pelvic floor issues. The most frequent problem is age. As men get older, their pelvic floor muscles diminish, which can cause Erectile dysfunction and incontinence. Obesity can cause disorders in this area through the addition of weight. Another cause of constipation is common strain.

There are numerous reasons a man could have pelvic floor problems, and there are more than we have listed in the previous paragraph. Here are some medical conditions that are related to the pelvic floor:

  • Prostatitis
  • Levator Ani Syndrome
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Symptoms 

Sometimes people have trouble seeing a problem unless it’s pointed out or asked about. We’ve noticed this in many patients, so to help with self-discovery, here are some male pelvic floor symptoms.

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic weakness
  • Feeling the urge to pee constantly
  • Pain while urinating
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Erectile Dysfunction

It’s good to know what to look out for but don’t rely on this to diagnose yourself. Our doctors are experts in diagnosing the pelvic floor for pain, weakness or any other disorder. Visit Moriarty for pelvic physical therapy. Contact us to make an appointment!

What to Expect During Pelvic Floor PT

Our pelvic floor therapy for men begins with an assessment of your pain or discomfort. Based on the information you provide, we develop a specific program to repair the muscles in your pelvic floor. Every patient has unique requirements, so every treatment plan is designed to specifically address your issues.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Exercises for Men

We will strengthen your pelvic floor with exercises and stretches. Our goal is to get you familiar with the pelvic muscles and the muscles that surround them. Here are a few exercises we have our male patients do:  

  • Single knee fallouts
  • Double knee fallouts
  • Bridges
  • Kneeling hip drive
  • Low lunge

Contact Moriarty Physical Therapy

Whether you are a man or a woman, or pregnant, you are likely to benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy with the Moriarty team at our PT clinic here in Cary, North Carolina

Contact us today to learn more about our physical therapy services and how we can help you.

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Come visit one of our physical therapy clinics in New York or North Carolina and one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy will do a 15-minute consultation to see if physical therapy is right for you. In the consultation, we’ll help determine the source of pain and movement restrictions to see if you would benefit from physical therapy or might need the assistance of another healthcare professional. If so, we’ll make a referral and help speed up achieving your health goal.

You have nothing to lose; the screening is free! And if physical therapy could help you, we can perform the examination right then–even without a prescription–with Direct Access (covered by insurance).

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